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Author Interview: Paul A. Erickson and Liam D. Murphy

Paul A. Erickson (St. Mary’s University) and Liam D. Murphy (California State University, Sacramento) share the story of what inspired the first editions of their best-selling anthropological theory books (it has now been fifteen years since the initial publication of their overview text). They also discuss what they enjoy most about teaching anthropology. read more…

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Five Tips for Writing an Accessible Ethnography

So you’ve written a few journal articles, jumped through a tenure hoop or two (or given up and decided it doesn’t matter), and you are sifting through research from years of fieldwork, with a view to writing an ethnography. You want to write something engaging—something people will actually enjoy reading—so you set yourself the ultimate challenge: writing for undergraduates. read more…

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Keeping Score in Children’s Sports

A controversy sparked by the decision of the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) to do away with keeping scores and team standings for competitive players under age 12 (U-12) connects in intriguing ways with concerns explored in my recent ethnography…. read more…

  • dateMarch 13, 2013
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  • posted byNoel Dyck
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The Book Price Enigma

Books add meaning to our lives. They are avenues of learning, research, escape, empathy, and connection, and this is a wonderful thing to support and nurture. This is why people work in publishing—to help build and shape intellectual and creative endeavor. Most of us aren’t here to make piles of money, but rather to contribute to an industry that is ultimately about ideas and narrative. Add the word “text” in front of “book” and most of this romanticism fades. read more…

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In the Shadow of Antichrist

Last month, Smithsonian.com published the fascinating story of a family that had lived in complete isolation for decades. The Lykov family, fleeing religious persecution in the 1930s, escaped to a remote corner of the Siberian wilderness where they remained for over 40 years…. read more…

  • dateFebruary 26, 2013
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  • posted byAnna
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